Manchester United dropped more home points, once again. This time at the hands of Everton and Ronald Koeman. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half, and in the 92nd minute, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a penalty to level things up.
The spot-kick was won by substitute Luke Shaw, who was brought on following an injury to Ashley Young. The talented left-back directed a right-footed shot into the bottom corner, which Ashley Williams handled on the line to stop it from going in.
I thought this was the perfect response by Shaw, who was absolutely slaughtered by Mourinho after the game at the weekend. However, judging by Jose’s latest comments, he clearly doesn’t feel the same way.
“He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him,” said Mourinho, as per the BBC.
“He has to change his football brain.”
“We need his fantastic physical and technical qualities but he cannot play with my brain,”
“He must accelerate the process. Twenty-one is old enough to have a better understanding. He has a future here but Manchester United cannot wait.”
Honestly, I’m genuinely not sure what Mourinho is trying to achieve here. I backed the gaffer after his comments at the weekend, but I really thought the young man played well last night against Everton, and without him, we wouldn’t have gotten a point out of the game.
He’s his manager and is supposed to be trying to lift his confidence up, but I’m just not sure this is the right approach. At the end of the day, I guess you don’t become one of the best bosses in the world by being a nice guy, and at times you do have to get tough.
I still think Shaw is by far the most talented left-back we have in our squad, and we simply have to give him time to develop and grow as a player. If we don’t, I’m pretty certain another club will reap the benefits of his ability.